Nonlinear model-based control of two-phase flow in risers by feedback linearization
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OriginalversjonElsevier IFAC Publications / IFAC Proceedings series. 2013, 301-306. 10.3182/20130904-3-FR-2041.00041
Active control of the production choke valve is the recommended solution to prevent severe slugging flow conditions at offshore oilfields. The slugging flow constitutes an unstable and highly nonlinear system; the gain of the system changes drastically for different operating points. Although PI and PID controllers are the most widely used controllers in the industry, they need to be re-tuned for different operating conditions. The focus of this paper is to design a model-based nonlinear controller in order to counteract nonlinearities of the system. Feedback linearization based on the riser-base pressure and the topside pressure was used for the control design. Stability and convergence of the closed-loop system was verified in theory as well as by experiments on a test rig.